Monday, June 2, 2008

Summer Meme

Barbara tagged me for this fun Summer meme. Suddenly, we have summer here in the northland (just Saturday, actually). We also now have power!
So, without further ado:

1.) What first tells you that summer is here?
First hot day, hot not warm, where you see people at the beach and really in the water (like Sunday).

2.) Name five of your favorite distinctively summer habits or customs.
*Picnics, whether the food is homecooked or just bought and eaten outdoors
*Summer vacation, the three months off from school between June and August. I'll never get over summer vacation
*Going to the lake (Nokomis, Cedar, Lake of the Isles, Harriet, Calhoun, Como. Swimming is fun but optional.)
*Picking berries.
*Reading a book outside, at the beach or other scenic venue

3.) What is your favorite smell of summer?
The smell of the air just after a storm. Clean, and fragrant

4.) What is your favorite taste of summer?
Fresh local strawberries!
runner up: popsicles

5.) Favorite summer memory?
On a hot summer night, my sister and I would go to sleep with just sheets covering us, and with two of those old-fahsioned box fans running in the window. At sometime during the night, my mother would quietly come in and turn the air on the fan around.

6.) Extreme heat or extreme cold? Which would you choose and why?
After this long long cold cold winter, I am going to choose extreme heat. Although I might change my mind later.

7.) What books do you plan to read for the season?
*Our June book club book is Tall Grass, by Sandra Dallas
*Christianity for the Rest of Us, by Diana Butler Bass
*Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan
*The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
*The Double Bind, by Chris Bohjalian

8.) How does the summer affect your faith? Is it a hindrance?
I think summer, and the long liturgical season of discipleship, is an ally. The summer walks by the lake, and the time for meditation, are good for me spiritually. I like the longer days, too.
Picture is from here
I'll tag:

two dogs
Scout (she'll do the meme later tonight)
and three people
Katherine E.


DogBlogger said...

Nice play! Wow... all those lakes...

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Mmmm, I almost picked the scent right after the storm.

And fresh strawberries are yummy. I used to grow my own. Maybe I should try it again . . .

Diane said...

Dogblogger -- our favorite lake for dogs seems to be Calhoun. We meet the nicest dogs there! But the dog park is across the street from Lake of the Isles, which is famous for not having a beach.

By the way, feel free to do the meme, (you OR the Boy).

Cecilia said...

Oooh, you make me long for all of it. We're not quite there in my neck of the woods... but it's definitely coming!

Pax, C.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Sweet story of your sister and mom...

And the new masthead is stunning!

mompriest said...

good play, diane! and I agree, the smell of rain is really wonderful...

Lindy said...

I'll have to take care of this as soon as I return from the BARKCon Meeting Of Canine Bishops.



Rev SS said...

I just finished Christianity for the Rest of Us, (it is EXCELLENT) and went to hear Diana Butler Bass speak this afternoon here in Seattle. She is so articulate. She was able to concisely and concretely address every issue raised during the ensuing Q & A time.

Singing Owl said...

What lovely play! I recommend Dole strawberry flavored popsicles. Yum!

Linda said...

I'm way behind on blogging. Too much traveling lately! I'll try to get to this in a day or two. Thanks for tagging me!